Model train layout floating shelf

Ernie’s been in touch with his model train layout floating shelf layout:

“Hi Alastair

As a retired Electrician I prefer to hard wire switches and lights.

But recently bought a system called light genie, excellent stuff, and I cannot wait to incorporate it onto my lay out.

However a couple of pics of my shelf layout.

I used IKEA floating shelf and covered with Aldis green mat cut up as well as some stuff from Model Tech Studios as background and loads etc. as a useful tip, the cobbled road from Lemax is great stuff but needs a lot of patience to get it to lay flat.

Thanks again


model train layout floating shelf

model train layout floating shelf

model train layout floating shelf

Next, on to Gene:

“I liked Larry’s shed so I thought I would show what I did with this paper cutout, along with a few other paper cutout projects I did.


printable building

model train paper building

model train cardstock building.

Rather enjoying seeing all your pics of the printable buildings.

If you want to have a bash at one of the engine sheds, you can download them here.

Thanks to Ernie for sharing his Model train layout floating shelf layout – not seen a floater before!

That’s all for today folks, please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to stop sctratching your head and cover ground with your layout.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here

14 Responses to Model train layout floating shelf

  1. Roy Forbes says:

    Looks good. I’m into British GWR 00 scale and despite that I do like some of these American and Continental style layouts. Some of this equipment that is used on them I haven’t seen in the UK. But like Ernie I too am a retired Electrical Engineer who much prefers the hard wired switching. Well done, nice layout.

  2. Steve Roberts says:

    Nice one Ernie, put on a couple of pics showing the longer shots, and a track plan. Could be inspirational to someone with limited space.
    Cheers Steve R UK.

  3. Charles says:

    The engine shed and farmhouse are very 👍

  4. Ernest Eaton "Jim" says:

    I liked Ernies close up photos.The detail is great. Maybe he could take a step back so we could see more of it?

  5. Thomas Murphy says:

    Always enjoy viewing Model Railroaders presentations, they are really works of art and the true love of our hobby.

  6. Dennis. Cork says:

    Very cool I Like 🤒👌🏼

  7. Joe says:

    It looks like he has O and HO scale. Are they both on the same layout?

  8. Peter Braun says:

    Hi Ernie , what 3 rail system are You running . It looks like HO but is not Trix Express , that is what I have . Out here in the Canadian prairie it is impossible to find something to match . Please comment .

  9. Keith Chamberlain says:

    Can your print out buildings be scaled up for O-27 gauge layouts?

  10. Bill Imperatore says:

    WOW!!…what a great looking shelf layout. Since my previous layout was destroyed by water , I’ve been working on a shelf layout. I derive pleasure from being a little creative and running the train back and forth but cannot achieve the level of sophistication in model building displayed in Ernie’s work. But it sure is great to see it. Thanks


  11. Ian McDonald says:

    great pictures. I like the very intense detail on the buildings . thanks for sharing.

  12. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Nice looking layout Ernie

  13. Erick says:

    Wow that great.!!!!!!!!!!

  14. TJK says:

    Looks good Ernie. Is that Lionel Fastrack?

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